October 7, 2008

Wildcats assessing their own troubles

Kansas State coach Ron Prince opened his weekly news conference by recapping the Wildcats' disappointing loss to seventh-ranked Texas Tech. He spent a few moments discussing the "big letdown" from his offense. He re-emphasized the necessity to make defensive stops and lauded the tireless efforts from his players until the very end of the contest. Finally, he said, "The game is over. There are a lot of good lessons to learn from it."

Refining a few troublesome areas in particular could allow K-State, 3-2, to reap drastically different results when the Wildcats meet Texas A&M, 2-3, for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Kyle Field in College Station on Saturday.

"We need to do a good job of focusing on ourselves and improving where we need to improve," Prince said. "We're pretty introspective at this point in where we need to improve."

A successful week of practice could go a long way in helping K-State to improve upon its 2-10 record on the road under Prince on Saturday, including a 2-6 mark on the road in the Big 12. The Wildcats have dropped five straight away from Manhattan since an upset of No. 7 Texas last Sept. 29.

On Monday, Prince and his players addressed a few concerns in particular that the Wildcats look to build upon in hopes of reversing their fortune.

For the second time in three games, K-State knew it needed to score. And didn't.

During the last three games, K-State has been outscored 45-28 in the second quarter, including 14-0 at Louisville and 24-7 against Texas Tech.

Against the Cardinals, the Wildcats gained 133 yards on 16 plays in the first quarter, but just 36 yards on 15 plays in the second quarter, with one three-and-out and two interceptions.

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